Yolande Strengers joined a panel discussion at the ECA foresighting forum (SYD)
On the 19 and 20th February, A/Prof Yolande Strengers was involved in a panel discussion on 'Change and Trust—the new energy compact' at the Energy Consumers Australia Foresighting Forum in Sydney.
The event featured a scenario planning exercise where leading minds in the sector explored four future scenarios for energy in Australia. Scenario planning is a foresight methodology to challenge our assumptions about what’s coming next.
Attendees were able to follow the following sessions over the two days: Consumers today and tomorrow, Leaders’ Plenary Session — The Energy Charter, Transition Design, Conversation on new thinking, The possibilities of tomorrow — heat, light and power in 2050, Change and Trust - the new energy compact (read the full program here).
For Yolande, to build trust several key ingredients are needed:
- Create a shared vision (imaginary) with genuine conversation
- Partner with health, emergency services, housing and consumer tech sectors (e.g. around issues of staying cool on heat days).
- Think beyond the market (and energy consumers) to prioritise other relationships with energy (as a common good, shared resource, community asset).
- Consider how digital and energy services are converging to change expectations of reliability, flexibility and trust.
- Put pets at the centre.